LRU Spotlight: Interview with 2016 NFL Draft Prospect, Ronald Gray

Overview: Ronald Gray was a senior who played running back for Elizabeth City State University. He is a speedster at the running back the position who is shifty and knows how to make defenders miss.

Ronald Gray

I had the pleasure of interviewing Ronald, during which time he told me more about his background, his personality and his overall love for football.

Christa: For the people who do not know your story, how did you wind up choosing Elizabeth City State University?

RG: Academically I didn’t quite measure up to D1 standards and coming out of a little high school in Sampson County, my options were limited. I did some research, and found that I met all of Elizabeth City State University’s requirements. Not only did they have my career major, but they had a football team.

C: You have mentioned that you have participated in a NFL Regional Combine in New Orleans. For you to be there in front of scouts and executives showing your talents, what did that mean for you?

RG: Participation in the NFL Regional Combine in New Orleans was truly an honor, and it gave me so much hope that my dream of playing in the NFL could become a reality. This has been the greatest opportunity in my life and I continue to be so grateful for the chance to display my talents for the scouts and executives. My family were so proud of me and that felt great as well.

C: What was the process like?

RG: The process was very organized and secure. We knew exactly what was expected of us and when. The host were very encouraging and motivational.

C: What would you say are your strengths and weaknesses?

RG: My strengths are my speed, agility, and strength in the weight room. Football is a passion for me and I am dedicated to the sport. Some people may consider my weight to be a weakness, but I feel because of it I am faster and more agile than most running backs.

C: What separates you from the other players at your position?

RG: I have strong work ethics on and off the field. The things that separate me from other running backs are footwork and field vision. I consistently work on my footwork, and field vision is second nature.

C: Which current or former NFL player do you think you resemble and why?

RG: LeSean McCoy is the NFL player I think I resemble. LeSean possesses quickness, vision, and the ability to catch the ball.

C: Who is the toughest player you’ve ever faced in your college career?

RG: As you may know ECSU had one of the strongest defenses in our conference this season, and LB Kevrette Brown was a force to be reckoned with. Tough practices with Kevrette made game day seem like light work.

C: How do you prepare for game day? Do you have any game day rituals?

RG: I like to listen to rap artist Future while stretching, but most of all I always pray to God before I hit the field.

C: What is the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you in your college career?

RG: My head coach always told us to stay in the circle, in other words we are a family and we should always stick together.

C: What was your favorite moment/play at Elizabeth City State University?

RG: My junior year I only had one carry in this particular game as a running back and when I got the handoff I broke free for a 75 yard touchdown.

Locker Room Update would like to thank Ronald Gray for taking the time to speak with us. We wish him the best of luck as he continues his journey as an NFL 2016 draft prospect.

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